This Time with Alan Partridge

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This Time with Alan Partridge
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GenreComedy
Written bySteve Coogan
Neil Gibbons
Rob Gibbons
Directed byNeil Gibbons
Rob Gibbons
StarringSteve Coogan
Susannah Fielding
Tim Key
Felicity Montagu
Country of originUnited Kingdom
Original language(s)English
No. of series1
No. of episodes6
Production
Producer(s)Ted Dowd
Camera setupMulti-camera
Running time29 minutes
Production company(s)Baby Cow Productions Ltd
Release
Original networkBBC One
Original release25 February 2019 (2019-02-25) –
present
External links
Website

This Time with Alan Partridge is a BBC comedy series whose first episode aired on 25 February 2019.[1] It is a spoof of The One Show and Good Morning Britain, and stars Steve Coogan as the inept broadcaster Alan Partridge.[2][3][4] After a series of productions with Sky, it is the first BBC Alan Partridge production since I'm Alan Partridge ended in 2002. Partridge's co-host is played by Susannah Fielding, and Tim Key and Felicity Montagu reprise their roles as Simon Denton and Partridge's assistant Lynn Benfield respectively. The series has received generally favourable reviews.

Premise[edit]

This Time with Alan Partridge is a spoof current affairs programme in the style of The One Show.[5] Partridge, played by Steve Coogan, becomes the stand-in presenter of This Time after the regular co-host falls ill.[5] According to the Guardian, the show features "Partridgean tirades on everything from hand hygiene (leading him to lurk outside the BBC toilets doing spot-checks on colleagues) to hacking".[5]

Production[edit]

Partridge, an inept broadcaster, was created in 1991 by Coogan and Armando Iannucci.[6] Following early Partridge shows such as Knowing Me, Knowing You and I'm Alan Partridge, produced by the BBC, This Time is the first BBC Partridge project following several Sky productions.[5] It was produced by Baby Cow Productions, written by Coogan and the Gibbons brothers, directed by the Gibbons brothers, and produced by Ted Dowd.[7]

Coogan felt it was the right time for Partridge to return, and that he might represent the views of Brexit voters.[5] Neil Gibbons said the world of live television presenting had changed since the character's inception: "If someone fluffed a line or got someone’s name wrong or said something stupid, it was mortifying. But nowadays, those are the sort of people who are given jobs on TV."[5] He likened Partridge to presenters such as Piers Morgan, and said that Morgan had been hired to present Good Morning Britain because he said offensive things. Coogan and the Gibbonses ignored this because "if you put Alan in a world where his crass buffoonery is part of the selling point, there's nowhere for him to fall".[5]

Reception[edit]

This Time with Alan Partridge has received mostly positive reviews.[8] Lucy Mangan of The Guardian wrote that "the differentiation of This Time With Alan Partridge's layers and escalation of every exchange is precision-engineered: beautiful things and a joy forever."[9] Tim Glanfield of Radio Times felt it was "some of the best Alan Partridge ever made".[10] Sean O'Grady of The Independent gave it five stars, and found it "a consistently strong creative achievement".[11] Hugo Rifkind of The Times was less positive, saying "Only very occasionally does it soar into unexpected places. Still, for a character that came along a quarter of a century ago and still isn't old, maybe fresh delights are a bit too much to ask."[12]

Television host Piers Morgan, who partly inspired This Time, said that "Steve Coogan is trying to exact revenge on me because he now hates everything to do with newspapers... I used to love Alan Partridge, he used to be hilarious, brilliant. It is now utterly unwatchable. Because Coogan has disappeared up his derrière, unfortunately."[3]

Cast[edit]

Guest appearances[edit]

Episodes[edit]

No.TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air dateUK viewers
(millions) [13]
1"Episode 1"Neil Gibbons and Rob GibbonsSteve Coogan, Neil Gibbons and Rob Gibbons25 February 2019 (2019-02-25)5.27
Alan Partridge is hired to present BBC One magazine programme This Time after one of the regular hosts, John Baskell, falls ill. Alan and the co-host Jenny Gresham cover seal pups, hygiene, and cyberterrorism.[14]
2"Episode 2"Neil Gibbons and Rob GibbonsSteve Coogan, Neil Gibbons and Rob Gibbons4 March 2019 (2019-03-04)Unknown[a]
Alan and the team present a look back at the life and work of John Baskell after his death. Alan pursues evidence of misconduct by Baskell, to the discomfort of Jenny and their guest.
3"Episode 3"Neil Gibbons and Rob GibbonsSteve Coogan, Neil Gibbons and Rob Gibbons11 March 2019 (2019-03-11)Unknown[a]
Now the new permanent co-host of This Time, Alan presents pieces on vegetarianism and corporal punishment.
4"Episode 4"Neil Gibbons and Rob GibbonsSteve Coogan, Neil Gibbons and Rob Gibbons18 March 2019 (2019-03-18)TBD
Alan covers the subjects of police dog bravery and product placement before meeting his own celebrity lookalike.
5"Episode 5"Neil Gibbons and Rob GibbonsSteve Coogan, Neil Gibbons and Rob Gibbons25 March 2019 (2019-03-25)TBD
Alan covers with sensitivity the #MeToo movement and there is a live performance by Alan’s very own mixed vocal harmony group, The Quavers.
6"Episode 6"Neil Gibbons and Rob GibbonsSteve Coogan, Neil Gibbons and Rob Gibbons1 April 2019 (2019-04-01)TBD
Alan has to deal with the dangers live TV, with 'Sidekick’ Simon Denton having to help save the day
  1. ^ a b Did not rate in top 15 programs on BBC1 for the week, and so viewing figures were not published by BARB.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Raeside, Julia (17 February 2019). "'We've had a love-hate relationship': Steve Coogan on bringing Alan Partridge back to the BBC". The Guardian. Retrieved 25 February 2019.
  2. ^ Holmes, Jonathan (25 February 2019). "'Mick Jagger, what do you think about otters?' Sorry, Alan Partridge –The One Show is beyond parody". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 27 February 2019.
  3. ^ a b Warner, Sam (6 March 2019). "Piers Morgan hits out at Steve Coogan after new Alan Partridge series parodies Good Morning Britain". Digital Spy. Retrieved 15 March 2019.
  4. ^ "Steve Coogan brings Alan Partridge back to the BBC". BBC News. 26 February 2019. Retrieved 27 February 2019.
  5. ^ a b c d e f g Abbott, Kate (14 February 2019). "Part David Cameron, part Piers Morgan – Alan Partridge returns in time for Brexit". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 15 February 2019.
  6. ^ Connelly, Brendon (4 January 2013). "Richard Herring On Co-Creating Alan Partridge, His Rasputin TV Show And Dave's New Comedy Competition - Bleeding Cool Comic Book, Movies and TV News and Rumors". Bleedingcool.com. Retrieved 14 September 2015.
  7. ^ "BBC One - This Time with Alan Partridge, Series 1, Episode 1". BBC.
  8. ^ "This Time With Alan Partridge: Series 1" – via www.rottentomatoes.com.
  9. ^ Mangan, Lucy (25 February 2019). "This Time With Alan Partridge review – an excruciating white-knuckle ride". The Guardian. Retrieved 26 February 2019.
  10. ^ Glanfield, Tim (26 February 2019). "This Time with Alan Partridge first-look review: quite simply some of the best Partridge ever made". Radio Times. Retrieved 26 February 2019.
  11. ^ O'Grady, Sean (25 February 2019). "This Time with Alan Partridge on BBC1 is a consistently strong creative achievement". The Independent. Retrieved 26 February 2019.
  12. ^ "TV Review". The Times. Retrieved 9 March 2019.
  13. ^ "Four Screen Viewing". BARB. Retrieved 11 March 2019.
  14. ^ "This Time with Alan Partridge - Series 1: Episode 1" – via www.bbc.co.uk.

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